If you’ve tried out the Livesearch Beta at Alltheweb, you’ve seen Yahoo experimenting with displaying alternative queries, topic categories, spelling corrections, and search results as you are typing, and even before you have finished entering your query terms. How do they determine which results appear, and what factors might they use to choose which things … Read more Yahoo’s Predictive Queries, Invisible Tabs, and Temporal and Monetization Bias Experiments
A new Google paper about mining user queries describes an interesting shift on how Google might find information on the web, using artificial intelligence methods on query log files. We often talk about how Google indexes web pages by looking at relevance factors (which are “relevant” to the query used), and quality factors (which look … Read more Mining User Queries to Extract Information From Web Pages
Yuri Filimonov, of Improve the Web, and I were discussing how Google handles misspelled queries, how corrections are triggered, and how those might influence search results. One of Google’s patent applications describes a process that may answer some of those questions, and Yuri and I thought it might be good to make the discussion public. … Read more Google and Misspelled Queries
In addition to posting here, you may know that I also am also a correspondent for Search Engine Land, where I post about search related patents and research. In a new post over there today, Google’s OneBox Patent Application, I explore a number of the details described in Determination of a desired repository, a patent … Read more Google OneBox and Measuring User Behavior
Alexa collects and displays a fair amount of information about web sites, though I’ve always wondered about the value of that information because it appears to only collect information from people who have an Alexa Toolbar installed on their browser. A new patent, granted to Alexa this morning but originally filed back in 1999, describes … Read more Does Alexa Use Search Results to Identify Related Pages?